In a match that promises to be as exciting as it will be watched all over the world, the fifth-best women’s team will battle the eighth-best women’s team for bragging and qualification rights in Group F. The French will, of course, be feeling the pressure much more than the Brazilians as they failed to make light work of the Jamaicans, who are thirty-five positions below the French in the official team ranking. Due to their failure in their first match, they will be looking to cover up by beating Brazil, who are flying high after their four-nil win over Panama in their first game. This is sure to be a fascinating match, as both teams possess many of the world’s best players.
France beat Brazil in the quarterfinal of the last Women’s World Cup edition to send them packing and will be looking to repeat that. The Brazilians, however, are certainly, no pushovers and will surely prove to be made of sterner stuff than expected. Both teams are tournament favorites and will look to match that claim by winning this match.
Led by Ary Borges, Brazil were brilliant in their first group-stage match against Panama. Ary Borges scored three and assisted one to become the first player to be involved in four goals in a World Cup match. The Brazilians dominated from start to finish, recording the most possession, the most shots, the most shots on target, and the most fouls. We can only try to deny that the Brazilians do not play good football; such was the elegance of their play and the beauty of their game. There is much to learn from them, and, again, France will need to be at their best to get something from this game. However, France will find rest in their previous victory and will look to spring a surprise or two.
Whoever wins this game, we are sure to be treated to a classic football game, one that we will cherish for the ages.